March 30, 2010
By Jason Clay
CARBONDALE, Ill. - The Southern Illinois baseball team scored in five consecutive innings and had a 10-run sixth inning to hammer UT Martin, 15-3, Tuesday at Abe Martin Field.
With its 20-3 victory over UTM one week ago to the day, SIU has now defeated Tennessee-Martin 35-6 in the two games this year. Southern Illinois had 18 hits Tuesday and only gave up eight.
The Salukis (11-14) trailed 3-1 heading into the bottom of the third, but went on to score 14 unanswered runs to breeze by the Skyhawks (12-12).
"Hopefully this gives us a little momentum for the Bradley series," head coach Dan Callahan said. "Cody Forsythe did a good job keeping us in the game and I hope this offensive showing is a prelude for what will come this weekend."
Four Salukis had three hits in the game and all nine batters in the starting lineup had at least one hit.
Freshman Austin Montgomery led the Dawgs with three RBIs on two hits. All three of his runs driven in came in the 10-run sixth inning. Chris Murphy, Nick Johnson and Tyler Bullock all had three hits and two RBIs while Tony Lepore was the other Saluki with three hits Tuesday. Lepore drove in one run and scored twice.
Bullock hit his fifth homer of the year, a solo shot to lead off the fifth. Right fielder Aaron Roberts drove in a pair of runs with his sixth inning single to right.
Freshman pitcher Cody Forsythe (1-2) picked up his first career victory. He entered the game when the Dawgs were down 3-2 and pitched three scoreless innings where he gave up just two hits. The Saluki bullpen only gave up four hits and no runs in six innings of work.
UT Martin reliever Alex Boshers (0-3), was credited with the loss.
Jordan Sivertsen got the Salukis on the board first, with a bases loaded sacrifice fly that scored Bullock in the second inning.
UT Martin took the lead in the third with three-straight RBI singles from Cody Terry, Ty Nelson and Wes Patterson. The first run that came in was unearned, as Cory Stooksbury reached base on a Saluki error when he led off the inning.
Bullock got one of those runs back for the Dawgs in the bottom of the third. His double over the center fielder's head brought home Blake Pinnon from third.
Thanks in part to a throwing error from Skyhawk relief pitcher Alex Boshers, SIU loaded the bags again in the fourth. Murphy capitalized with a single through the right side that scored Lepore and Sivertsen to put SIU back on top, 4-3.
Bullock then made it a two-run Saluki lead, as he led off the fifth inning with his solo home run to left-center.
15 Salukis came to bat in the sixth, where SIU busted the game open with 10 runs off of nine hits. Montgomery had three RBIs in two at-bats in the inning and four other Salukis drove in runs. SIU's nine hits are the most they've put up in any inning this year.
That was more than enough for the Saluki bullpen, who shut down UT Martin the rest of the way to close out the blowout victory.
Southern Illinois returns to Abe Martin Field for the final three games of an eight-game home stand. The Salukis welcome in Bradley and game one of the series is set for Friday at 1 p.m.